Breakthrough Groups

Don’t be trapped into thinking you’re the only one experiencing your current feelings, that no one understands, or that circumstances will never change! Bay Life's Breakthrough Support Groups provide safe, confidential, and caring environments where you can feel comfortable and safe talking about your struggles and grow toward wholeness.

Registration for fall seminars is now open. Breakthrough groups will meet at various times and locations at Bay Life Church (see specific listing for details). Breakthrough events and groups are for adults only.


Loss of a Spouse

Saturday, August 27, 2022 | 10am – 11:30am | Led by Genevieve LoCicero | Workbook: $5

Widowed? Help is here and hope is possible. Do you dread the lonely days and nights? Wonder what to do with your spouse's belongings? Feel like your brain is in a fog? Unsure of how you'll go on? As you know, the death of a spouse brings a unique kind of pain. People who are widowed haven't just lost a loved one - they've lost an entire lifestyle. That's why we are hosting Loss of a Spouse (a grief support seminar).

At a Loss of a Souse seminar, you'll discover:

  • Other people understand and have found ways to make it through
  • Why it won't always hurt so much
  • Reasons for hope
  • Practical tips for coping with the death of a spouse

We hope you will join us on your journey of grief.  For more information, click here.

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GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays

Thursday, October 20, 2022 | 7pm - 8:30pm | $5 workbook

Help and hope as you navigate the Christmas season.

Wondering how you will survive the weeks surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas? Are you dreading these holidays, knowing that everything has changed and that happy memories from past years can’t be recreated?

Our Surviving the Holidays seminar is especially for people who are grieving a loved one’s death. You’ll learn:

  • How to deal with the many emotions you’ll face during the holidays
  • What to do about traditions and other coming changes
  • Helpful tips for surviving social events
  • How to discover hope for your future

We hope you will join us on your journey from mourning to joy..

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DivorceCare: Surviving the Holidays

Sunday, October 23, 2022 | 10:30am – 12pm | Led by Genevieve LoCicero | $5 workbook

After separation or divorce, your Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays won’t look the same as they used to. Traditions change. Some family members won’t be there. Social gatherings can feel stressful. But DivorceCare: Surviving the Holidays can help! It’s a 90 minute seminar that includes watching a video, a sharing time afterward, and a use of a participant guidebook filled with tips and encouragement for managing the holidays after separation and divorce.

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Registration for fall groups is now open. Breakthrough groups will meet on Thursdays at various locations at Bay Life Church (see specific group for details) and Sundays in the Counseling Center behind Bay Life Church. The Counseling Center is located at 140 Yarbrough Road, Brandon, FL 33510.

A complete listing of open groups and classes offered at Bay Life Church can be found at baylife.org/groups. Many of our groups and classes fill up and close. If you don't find what you are looking for, please check back as new groups and classes continue to open. If you have questions, feel free to email Genevieve LoCicero,

DivorceCare

Sundays, August 28 - December 11, 2022 | 10:30am – 12pm | Led by Genevieve LoCicero | Workbook: $20

Most people would tell you that separation and divorce are one of the most painful experiences they have ever faced. It is a confusing time when you may feel isolated and have lots of questions about issues you have never faced before. The emotional damage cuts to the soul. True healing for this kind of pain can only come from God's presence in the life of the person experiencing it. Divorce care group are Christ-centered and meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move towards rebuilding your life. Each Divorce Care session has 3 distinct elements: first watching a 40 minute DVD video where top experts speak on the subject of divorce and separation and individuals share their stories; secondly after viewing the video, group participants will spend time in a group discussing what was presented in the video and also sharing what is going on in their life. The third element is use of the participant guidebook in session and also at home throughout the week (to complete brief topic-related studies).

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GriefShare

Thursdays, September 8 - December 15, 2022 | 7pm – 8:30pm  | Led by Patricia Mira and Madonna Jones | Workbook: $20

It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you've lost a spouse, child, family member or friend, you've probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you've never faced before. Our Griefshare group meets weekly to help you face these challenges and move towards rebuilding your life. Each Griefshare session has 3 distinct elements: watching a video session which contains experts in grief and individuals who have experienced loss; a brief discussion time related to the video topic; and use of your participant guidebook during session and throughout the week (brief studies for personal reflection). You do not need to walk alone on your journey from mourning to joy. We hope you will join us. For more information, click here.

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Anger Management

Thursdays, September 8 - December 8, 2022 | 7pm – 8:30pm | Led by Mark Sentovich | Workbook: $15

We all deal with anger in our lives whether it be in a subtle or violent manner. Being angry can involve such emotional expressions such as frustration, irritability, annoyance, aggravation, blowing off steam or fretting. Most people stereotype anger by assuming it always results in shouting, slamming fists or throwing things. However, anger is not that one-dimensional. In fact the following statements can represent feelings of anger: 'When I am displeased with someone, I shut down communication and withdraw; I get very tense inside as I tackle a demanding task; I feel frustrated when I see someone else having fewer struggles than me; there are times when my discouragement makes me want to call it quits.'

The good news is that anger can be managed. This group utilizes the Anger Workbook by Les Carter, Ph.D and Frank Minirth, M.D and offers a unique 13-step interactive program that will help you:

  • identify the best ways to handle anger
  • Understand how pride, fear, loneliness and inferiority feed your anger
  • Uncover and eliminate myths that perpetuate anger
  • Identify learned patterns of thinking, relating and behaving in your life that influence your anger.

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Emotional Fitness

Thursdays, September 8 - November 17, 2022 | 7pm – 8:30pm | Led by Genevieve LoCicero and Pamela Burnham| Workbook: $20

It's been said, "Deal with your emotions or your emotions will deal with you." That is good advice. As humans we have emotions because all of humanity was created in the image of God. Emotionally many people suffer from one of two extremes: either their emotions keep them on a constant roller coaster and they live in a continuous state of turmoil or on the other extreme, some people try to deny their emotionality and believe the key to happiness is to become non-emotional. Both extremes are faulty. Balance is the key. Not only is it important to manage our own emotions in a healthy way, it is important to learn to properly respond to the emotions of others. If we fail to understand the emotions of others and are ill-equipped to properly respond to them, we may find ourselves either being abused by their emotions or hindered in genuinely caring for them. This group and workbook presents a practical, Biblical perspective on human emotionality.

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About The Group Leader

As coordinator for the Breakthrough Support Group Ministry, Genevieve LoCicero and her team have facilitated a variety of groups. She has a heart to reach people that are hurting in all different areas. Her willingness to offer help and hope gently yet persistently through Breakthrough speaks well of her heart for the troubles of others. Breakthrough services are guided by Romans 12:1-2 which exhorts us to renew our minds. By doing so, we are able to live in a way that is pleasing to the Lord. Renewing our mind impacts emotions which in turn impacts behaviors and results in a life changed.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.  - Romans 12:1-2

For more information about any of our Breakthrough groups and events, contact Genevieve LoCicero,